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"Southwest Middle School" Most Popular Name Presented for the New Southwest Middle School

(March 18,  2003) Dr. Michael Shrader, principal of the new middle school, and Ron Thompson, West Regional Middle School Superintendent, hosted a meeting of parents, students, and friends of the school to discuss possible school names. The most popular names were "Southwest," "Krista McAuliffe" (a teacher from New Hampshire who died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster), and "Walkers Branch," which is a stream that runs near the new school site. A committee of volunteers will research the suggested names and report back to a meeting next Monday, March 24 at 6:00 at Steele Creek Elementary School.

The community must recommend three names to the School Board, which will make the final decision on a name. 

Dr. Schrader also discussed the following:

  • One of the school colors would likely be dark blue since that is the predominant color in the building.
  • The school mascot generally should be something that is not already used by other local schools but something for which logos are readily available from sports equipment and clothing vendors. 
  • Volunteers are needed to help organize a PTA.
  • Volunteers also are needed for a committee to help develop a policy for school uniforms to be presented for consideration by parents.

Parents and others may send ideas or questions concerning the new school to Dr. Schrader at newsouthwestmiddle@cms.k12.nc.us.

Related Stories:

Help Name the New Southwest Middle School (3/11/03)

Attendance Boundary Adopted for New Middle School (12/15/02)